Monthly Archives: July 2017

USA – Juneau, Alaska – and some whales

Only intermittent wifi as we are very remote but the scenery is so stunning I spend hours just staring out of my veranda or the observation deck. Alaska is a must see destination for everyone especially the out of the way towns and glacial fjords. 

The walk below was to see bears but we saw none:( Didn’t matter too much as scenery was great and I keep getting confused about whichbears to run from and which to shout at!

Where are those pesky bears???

Museum in Juneau well worth a visit

And then we went whale watching and saw one orca and one humpback- super close by. 

USA – Now where? Alaska of course. 

Just started a 14 day trip to Alaska and Northern British. Columbia. So far scenery is moody and brooding and I’ve seen a seal’s  flipper! However have a later excursion looking for bears and whales so am hopeful to get that on camera. 

First stop were the glacial fjords at Holgate and Aialik. 

Glaciers in the Indian Islands

And before we set off I visited Seward which was the port of departure and is known for its murals.  

Murals in Seward, Alaska

Canada – Victoria, BC

Great first couple of days visiting my dear friends Daphne and Mark and their cute Havanese dog Monte in Victoria.

Coming in to land I knew it was going to be a special visit – the view from the plane was perfect. 

Coming in to land at Victoria , BC airport

Daphne and Mark have a boat called “Three’s Enough” (long story!) and they kindly took me out for a day and night (it has two bedrooms!) on it. Here is the boat and crew (excluded me as I’m not really crew material but I make a great passenger!) – including Monte of course. 

Three’s Company plus Mark, Daphne and Monte

First stop Salt Spring Island where my vision was boggled at the Farmers’ Market by rainbow stalk kale, red and orange carrots and garlic-scapes (plus cute guy with amusing t shirt). 

Salt Spring Island Farmers’ Market

And then to top it all we had a wonderful dinner at the Relaise and Chateau restaurant- Hastings House. Last time I visited was with Trudy and Alan back in the mid 90s. It is still as good as I remembered and idyllically situated on a hill by the waterfront. 

The track to Hastings House, a sample dish and Daphne, Mark and I having a great time

Canada Day – 150 years old, Vancouver

Perfect weather and a lovely day mingling with the laid back Canadians as they mostly wore red and ambled around in their lovely low key way enjoying their country’s big birthday. And yes that maple leaf is made of doughnuts!

Downtown Vancouver on 2017 Canada Day including the 2010 Winter Olympics flame site

Living in Vancouver often means glass exerior high rises by the water but as you can see the houseboat trend is taking off too. The sculptures on English Bay are new since my time and are lots of giant sized roly poly happy people. Love it.

Canada – Where Am I now? Back to one of my favourite places I’ve lived and worked in – Vancouver

So thrilling to be back in Vancouver. As I came in to land the view was as stunning as I remember it from when I first came here in 1995 and stayed until 1998. Sun is out and to cap it all – July 1 is Canada’s 150th birthday so I think it is going to be a fun day – more to come.

Staying with one of my besties Karen and we started off the visit with drinks on her rooftop and a lovely West coast sunset.

Coming in to land in Vancouver and sunset on Karen’s roof

Day 1 – off to Granville Island. This is a wonderful spot in downtown Vancouver that is part food market with restaurants, part theatres and live music and part shopping and just a lovely place to hang out and eat your way around. Unfortunately the yacht in the picture is not mine but the apartment block you can see behind it nestled under the bridge is where I lived back in the 90’s and I used to get the tiny Aquabus over from my place to Granville island – 3 minute trip!

Enjoying the view from Granville Island and with my mate Karen on her roof